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After his third TT win in a week, now Michael is out to make it 50 for the Dunlop dynasty


By Roy Harris

King of the Island in waiting, Michael Dunlop, completed a hat-trick of Isle of Man TT wins in five days with another record-breaking victory in yesterday's Lightweight race.

This was the 29 year old Ballymoney rider's 18th TT win after Superbike and Supersport successes earlier in a glorious week as he closes in on his legendary uncle Joey Dunlop's record of 26 TT wins.

Victory for favourite Michael in tomorrow's closing Senior TT would clock up a magical total of 50 TT wins for the Dunlop family dynasty, including the five recorded by his late dad Robert.

Watched by Royal visitor Prince William, yesterday's win took Michael to third overall in the TT all-time winners list as he broke his own lap record with a speed of 122.750mph on his 650cc Paton Supertwin machine.

"People said that I couldn't ride a Twin, that'll shut them up," he said, defiantly, afterwards.

Dunlop had earlier suffered disappointment in Supersport Race 2 as Yorkshire's Dean Harrison claimed victory after his rival was hit with a penalty for speeding in the pit lane, being clocked just 0.214mph over the limit.

Veteran West Midlands rider Michael Rutter won the one-lap TT Zero for electric bikes. The 46-year-old lapped the course at 121.824 on a Mugen machine, becoming the first rider to exceed the 120mph barrier on an electric machine.

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